Valentine's Gift Guide for Him

Posted by on 8 February 2016

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Stumped by what to get your boyfriend, husband or father this year for Valentine’s Day? Don’t default to a box of chocolates, golf balls or a tie.  From personalized cufflinks to bold leather bracelets, we've gathered the best gifts he'll love (and use) year-round.

Personalized cuff links. Every man needs a classic pair of cuff links, like the Tiffany Metropolis cuff links, featuring a bold, sophisticated urban design. Or opt for a unique spin on personalized cuff links, like these “Latitude and Longitude” custom cuff links off Etsy, that can mark the location of your first kiss or your wedding ceremony. These silver plated, vintage map cuff links from Etsy can feature up to two locations.

Men’s watches. For larger budgets, we love the Alipina Alipiner 4 Collection, the Breitling Chronomat 44, and the Tiffany Atlas Dome Watch. Even if your budget isn’t quiet big enough to accommodate a collector’s timepiece, there are still plenty of watches with fine craftsmanship features from which to choose. We love Fossil’s Grant Chronograph brown leather watch (it’s modeled after vintage clocks), the contemporary simplicity of the Nixon Time Teller, and the fun throwback Timex for J.Crew collaboration.

Leather bracelets. Is a leather bracelet is more his style than cuff links or a watch? Here are three we love: James Avery’s Fish hook leather bracelet that features a double wrap around style with a nautical-inspired sterling silver fishhook; Macy’s leather braided bracelet with a stainless steel clasp; and this black leather bracelet off Etsy that comes in a minimalist geometric style with a gold metal zipper.

Personalized key chain. For a simple meaningful gift he’ll look at throughout the day, we love a personalized key chain. It’s the perfect gift for a young child to give his or her father. Here are a few of our favorites off Etsy: “Dad we love you”; father/daughter keychain and necklace set; and the stick figure famiily keychain.

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Is your love in the air – or is it set in stone?

A diamond is a forever investment. Understanding the four C’s – carat, color, clarity and cut – will ensure that you make a smart selection. While some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, they do directly impact a diamond’s overall quality and price. When selecting your perfect diamond, keep the following in mind:


A diamond’s “cut” grading measures whether a stone has maximum brilliance and sparkle– it’s what brings fire to the ice and catches your eye. Cut is different from the shape of the diamond (e.g., princess cut, emerald cut, etc.). The cut evaluation rates the diamond’s angles and brilliance, evaluating the diamond’s proportion, facet arrangement and overall workmanship quality. Diamond cut grades range from “excellent” to “poor” with the excellent rating resembling the ideal cut illustrated below.

Diamond Cuts


Virtually all diamonds for sale today include minor irregularities or imperfections, although these imperfections are rarely visible to the naked eye. The minor imperfections in a diamond are caused by the liquid volcanic rock in which a diamond is created. While diamonds are primarily pure carbon, during the crystallization process, other nearby minerals may become trapped within the cooling mass, which in turn affects the diamond’s clarity.

Clarity is measured on a scale with grades running from “flawless” (virtually no imperfections) to “included” (imperfections heavily included). “Pure” diamonds are flawless or internally flawless; these diamonds are exceedingly rare and expensive. VVS-1 and VVS-2 grade diamonds have very, very small inclusions; VS-1 and VS-2 diamond have very small inclusions; SI-1 and SI-2 diamonds have small inclusions; and I-1, I-2 and I-3 diamonds are heavily included. Diamonds are graded under a 10X magnifying glass in good lighting by an experienced grader. The final grade is determined by how easily the grader can see the inclusions and blemishes.


The “color” rating actually refers to the absence of color in a diamond. Like a drop of pure spring water, when it comes to diamonds, the less color, the better. The jewelry industry recognizes the highest quality gemstones by purity of hue. In order to demine the absence or presence of different hues, an experienced diamond grader will compare the diamond to “master stones” using artificial or natural northern daylight. Colorless diamonds are graded either D, E or F. Near colorless diamonds are graded G, H, I or J. Slightly tinted diamonds receive a K, L, M or N rating. Very light yellow diamonds are graded O, P, or Q; light yellow diamonds are graded R, S, or T; yellow diamonds receive a U, V or W grading and light fancy diamonds are graded X, Y or Z.

Diamond Color


The most well-known of the four C’s, “carat” is the unit of measurement for ta diamond’s weight. A carat is subdivided into 100 “points”; for example, a 50-point diamond is “half a carat” or “0.5 ct”. Today, many individuals also equate carat with size. Generally speaking, the higher the carat weight, the larger (and more expensive) the stone. However, color, clarity and cut also affect a diamond’s price; two diamonds of equal carat weight may have very different prices due to these three ratings.